THE FUTURE OF SOCIABILITY AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY: A VIRTUAL SUMMIT
The very future of how people socialize is at stake. The places where we dine, drink, listen and dance are struggling to survive. Creative solutions are urgently needed to save life at night—the soul of sociability.
Join us to share stories of recovery, creative pivots, unusual innovations, and future plans
Don't miss your opportunity to be part of a community that has a stake in the success of nightlife and the future of sociability. Every year, RHI showcases thought leaders, practitioners and technical experts on nighttime planning and management. The greatest minds will meet and reunite virtually 2021.
We may never go back to "normal." So let's re-imagine how people socialize in a post-COVID world. Nothing less than transformative change will achieve a new vision for sociability.
THE SOCIABLE CITY SHOWCASE will take you inside seven cities where nightlife has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic. You will get the inside scoop on how each city pivoted to support daylife and nightlife with unique lessons they learned for future planning.
Don't miss this special feature premiering at the 2021 Summit.
keynote speakers bookend a year of covid-19 and the sociable city summit
There will always be a DIVIDING LINE Marking the Time "Before" and "AFTER" the pandemic.
On March 2, 2020, more than 200 attendees of the 2020 Sociable City Summit boarded planes to return home from Seattle—what would later be known as the epicenter of the North American pandemic. Within a week, nightlife came to a screeching halt. Bars, clubs and restaurants sat empty and silent as city after city locked down. Weeks dragged into months. Some venues still haven't reopened; others have closed permanently.
A Return to the Pandemic's Epicenter: What the Future Holds for Seattle
Dow Constantine, King County Executive was the closing 2020 Summit speaker. He gave a call to action to preserve small music venues that nurture stadium-level talent. Attendees will recall his prescient remarks on how nightlife—and life as we know it—would change because of the pandemic.
Constantine returns a year later to welcome 2021 Summit attendees, a bookend to his 2020 closing session. Find out how Seattle is working diligently to turn the lights back on for music and social spaces.
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC, has taken on COVID-19, racial justice, and First Amendment demonstrations in 2020. As the closing speaker for the 2021 Sociable City Virtual Summit, Mayor Bowser will reflect on the adversity faced by the city’s social economy, as well as the relief and advocacy initiatives she has led through the District’s Office of Nightlife and Culture to sustain hospitality businesses and help get them to the other side of the pandemic.
Washington, DC will mark a return to an In Real Life (IRL) experience for RHI’s 2022 Sociable City Summit. Mayor Bowser will share with Summit attendees the combination of daylife and nightlife that can only be experienced in the nation’s capital.
CHAT IN REAL-TIME WITH PEERS ABOUT HOT TOPICS
Real-time virtual discussions will be your opportunity to have a safe space for face-to-face group chats with peer groups and on key topics. Register early to start connections and sharing.
Networking group size will be limited for a real time social exchange. You can also search the directory and find participants to organize your own discussions.
Session breakouts will allow larger group interaction and reaction to keynote and panel sessions.
Experience a virtual reunion and meet new contacts!
Re-Imagining the Role of Police
A New Vision for Public Safety in Social Districts
The pandemic and social justice movement forced us to question the status quo, including the role of police in nightlife and social districts. Budget cuts to police departments have left a void in public safety in some cities. Police are still under more scrutiny than ever. Many are wary of engaging in calls for service about "nuisance" behavior lest it go viral and spark further protests. There is an opportunity to re-imagine the ideal role for all safety agencies and new partners to keep people safe and orderly when socializing.
Former Executive Director
Associate Vice President Public Safety
SAVIORS OF THE NIGHT
How the Champions of Nightlife Emerged During the Pandemic
Dining and entertainment businesses have been devastated by pandemic-era restrictions. “The first to close and the last to reopen” in many cities.
Although relaxed rules around alcohol to-go and a transition to outdoor seating and take-out have provided a lifeline for some, others are barely holding on.
The future of nightlife will depend upon organized alliances and advocates to advance progressive policy and resources.
Tony A. Elenis
President and CEO
New York, NY
Chelsea Reviriego LLanta
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN NIGHTLIFE
Breaking Down Barriers
Nightlife districts are the ultimate crossroads where race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexual identity intersect.
This panel will explore the systems and dynamics that make some people feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in social spaces. Panelists will present both empirical research and practical ways to improve DEI in nightlife.
RHI Board Member
Reuben A. Buford May, PH.D.
Professor of Sociology
Los Angeles, CA
Justice CĀLO Reign
President of the Board of Directors
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT TIL IT’S GONE
Plans for Measuring Economic and Employment Value of Sociability
The traditional market forces driving the social economy are on hold. Industries involved in conventions, tourism, business travel and festivals and the many suppliers of products, services and employment are facing long-term loss and debt.
New business models and services have sprung up, but mostly for regional markets until the tourism and business travel sector returns. In the meantime, people are seeking and finding alternative ways to socialize.
Retail Development Strategies, LLC
RHI Board Member
Founder & Managing Partner
WOMEN RISING IN HOSPITALITY AND SOCIAL SPACES
Crisis as Opportunity: Continuing Progress for Women
In the late 1980’s, companies were desperate for strong talent and leadership that sparked creativity, engagement and innovation to remain competitive in a global economy.
During that same time, strong and widespread voices were being raised about the lack of women in hospitality leadership, their particular challenges in accessing capital and subtle forms of discrimination, whether intentional or not.
Past Chair of the Board
Founder and CEO
Las Vegas, NV
FUTURE OF QUEER NIGHTLIFE
Challenges and Opportunities to Save LGBTQ+ Spaces
Even before the pandemic, LGBTQ+ nightlife venues were disappearing nationwide. Between 2007 and 2019, LGBTQ+ bar listings fell by 37%. Yet lesbian bars and those serving people of color had the highest rates of closure, according to a study published by Greggor Mattson.
The pandemic has accelerated these trends. Find out what the future holds for queer nightlife."
Senior Policy Advisor
San Francisco, CA
Associate Professor of Sociology
PANDEMIC-ERA ALCOHOL POLICIES
Will They Stay or Will They Go?
Cocktails to go, curbside pick-up, home delivery and open consumption—who would have thought this would be our “new normal” for alcohol regulations? Lines have even blurred between on and off-premise business models. Find out which rules are here to stay permanently and why some of the new regulations can be difficult to enforce. Although the sky did not in fact fall when alcohol rules were loosened, there have been challenges with new rules.
Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services
RHI Board Member
Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Communications
Pamela S. Erickson
REFLECTIONS ON THE PRE- AND POST-COVID SOCIAL ECONOMY
Six thought leaders share their insights before and after the pandemic started about the top challenges and opportunities for nightlife and the social economy.
Listen to interviews filmed at the 2020 Sociable City Summit in Seattle. A follow-up interview in November 2020 will mark six months and set the focus for a live discussion panel with all six on how to prepare for an uncertain future.
Philip Kolvin, 2020 Summit closing keynote speaker, will moderate the discussion.
SHARE YOUR STORIES AND STRATEGIES ON THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A SOCIABLE CITY
Since 2015 the annual Sociable City Summit programs were framed with the Building Blocks and Core Measures of a Sociable City. Over the years, city teams shared their success stories and tactics implementing plans learned at the Summit and expert speakers brought new strategies and tactics.
The 2021 Virtual Summit sessions will create a forum for on-going sharing and strategy exchange.
FORM AN ALLIANCE FOR SAVINGS AND A FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE
Early individual rate $100 savings until Friday, February 5.
Lock in the lowest registration rate when you form an alliance with four or more members.
Collaborative partnerships across private, public and government sectors form the foundation of a flourishing social economy that prioritizes social vivacity without sacrificing public safety or quality of life.
Benefits of An Alliance
PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO DC FOR THE 2022 SOCIABLE CITY SUMMIT
The closing session will feature an announcement about RHI's 2022 Sociable City Summit host city—Washington, DC!
City leaders will invite you to explore the nation's capital to enjoy historic sites and one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment options.